The Power of Community
The old proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child, " has never held more true than in a time when our children are constantly facing drug-related issues. Find out where in your community you can go to join with other parents and concerned citizens who are all working towards the same goal: drug-free neighborhoods for drug-free families.
Joining a community coalition is a great way to fight drug abuse and solve local drug and crime problems. Community coalitions are organizations made up of local members of a community - people from business, government, law enforcement, schools, and media, as well as parents, youth, and the faith community. They work together to develop a comprehensive, community-wide approach to substance abuse and its related problems. Some coalitions may address only drugs, others alcohol and tobacco, and others may address specific drug problems that may be plaguing a community. Whatever the work of the coalition, your involvement as a parent or guardian is critical to its success.
To find a community coalition in your area, or to start a coalition, contact CADCA – Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America – at http://www.cadca.org, or call 1-800-54-CADCA and ask for the membership department. CADCA works on behalf of over 5,000 coalitions, helping them to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities.